|World Bank Shorinji Kempo
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One of the most interesting and exciting aspects of Shorinji Kempo is the wide variety of techniques there are to learn. At each advancement (belt) level, students are expected to demonstrate increasing understanding of a set of basic movements, established forms, embu, randori, new specific pair-form techniques, and philosophical and historical material. The requirements for the first (adult) belt level are modest, but get more challenging with each level.
While attaining ranks is not a primary goal of practice, most students find it helpful to know which techniques and movements they are responsible for learning to be ready for their next test, as a focus for their study. Each level includes techniques that build directly on ones learned at previous levels (e.g. sode make is introduced in the study for 1-kyu, but builds on the principles from kiri gote from 2-kyu), as well as ones that introduce new concepts (e.g. harai-uke geri in the study for 1-dan).
Belt ranks for adults begin with 3-kyu brown belt, or 3 steps from dan level, followed by 2-kyu, then 1-kyu, and then black belt levels: 1-dan, 2-dan, etc. The technique lists below are to just give a flavor of the number and complexity of techniques studied at each level. Full requirements appear in the official curriculum.
Technique Requirements for Belt Ranks in Shorinji Kempo (Abbreviated)
- 3 San-kyu
ryusui geri uchi uke zuki ude juji gatame kote nuki uwa uke geri gyaku gote uwa uke zuki yori nuki shita uke geri shita uke jun geri maki nuki okuri gote ryote maki nuki ryote yori nuki tsuki ten ichi okuri maki tembin ukemi tenchi ken dai ichi
tenshin geri uchi uke geri kiri nuki juji nuki gassho nuki yoko tenshin geri juji gote han tenshin geri ryaku juji gote juji uke geri ryote okuri gote kiri kaeshi nuki sankaku nuki kiri gote tsubame gaeshi chidori gaeshi giwa ken dai ichi tenchi ken dai ni
soto uke zuki soto uke geri jo haku nuki oshi kiri nuki jo haku dori gyaku gote ura gaeshi nage oshi uke zuki sode nuki kusshin zuki kusshin geri sode maki sode maki tembin eri nuki ude maki kata muna otoshi eri juji sode dori tenchi ken dai san ryuo ken dai ichi tenchi ken dai yon
ni dan nuki kinteki geri hiza uke nami gaeshi oshi gote gyaku geri hiza uke nami gaeshi furi ten ni mawashi geri sambo uke oshi nuki kote maki gaeshi keri ten san tsuki ten san maki gote morote hiki nuki morote juji nuki morote juji gote harai uke geri tenchi ken dai go oshi gote tenchi ken dai rokku randori byakuren ken dai ichi
uchi age zuki uchi age geri kai shin zuki maki otoshi soto maki otoshi tsuki ten ni tsuki nuki ryote tsuki nuki kon ten ichi morote tsuki nuki gyuku tenshin geri shita uke geri kote nage tanto furi age tanto tsuki komi uchi otoshi geri uwa uke nage uwa uke gyakute nage jun geri chi ichi gyaku geri chi ichi gyakute nage gyaku geri chi san ryu nage soto maki tembin age nuki idori okuri gote tai ten ichi keri ten ichi sukui kube nage uchi nuki hiji muki mae tembin hiki muna otoshi nuki uchi oshi gote ryo muna otoshi hiki otoshi gyaku tembin morote oshi nuki morote wa nuki morote maki nuki baku ho okuri hiji zeme tsuri otoshi okuri tembin dori tsuri age dori okuri dori gyaku ten ichi kiri kaeshi tembin morote gyaku gote kiri kaeshi maki tembin idori gyaku gote idori oshi gote ko manji ken (manji no kata)
gedan gaeshi harai uke dan zuki chudan gaeshi katate nage (shikake) gyaku katate nage gassho katate nage suigetsu gaeshi mikazuki gaeshi kari ashi sode maki gaeshi hangetsu gaeshi sukui kube nage sode guchi dori sode guchi maki kiri kaeshi gote kiri kaeshi nage fukko chi ni morote kiri kaeshi nage harai uke chi ni okuri katate nage jun geri chi san ryote katate nage soto uke dan zuki morote katate nage uchi age dan zuki shita uke dan zuki konoha okuri konoha gaeshi okuri yubi gaeshi sokuto geri hiki ashi nami gaeshi uchi oshi uke geri dan geri sambo uke dan geri gaeshi soto oshi uke geri maki juji gote hiki tembin gyaku hiki tembin okuri shishi dori gassho hiki tembin gassho okuri dori furisute omote nage morote okuri kote nage okuri tsuki taoshi koshi kujiki Ryo no kata
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